The three categories Wine Spectator's Tim Fish discusses here have one thing in common: They represent a remote edge of winemaking, whether made from an obscure grape variety or hailing from an isolated region. The wines themselves could hardly be more different. The true Sonoma Coast is a strip of rugged terrain that hugs the Pacific Ocean and produces agile but intensely structured Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Located just north of Napa Valley, Lake County was first known for Sauvignon Blanc, but more recently its hearty Bordeaux-style reds have come to the forefront. For generations, the white wines of Galicia, which lies on the northwest tip of Spain, rarely left the region. Now that crisp and eclectic whites have become the rage, Galician wines such as Albariño and Godello are gaining world exposure.
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|2014 Editors' Picks: Off the Beaten Path|
|Oregon Chardonnay, Tasmania, Malbec Beyond Argentina|
|Tannat, Torrontés, Pinotage|
|Rueda, Vermentino, White Bordeaux|
|Santorini, Roussillon, Tawny Port|
|Cru Beaujolais, Etna Reds, Soave|
|Jura, Sherry, Mountain Rhônes|
|Sierra Foothills, U.S. Tempranillo, California Chenin Blanc|
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|Valtellina, Campania Whites, Bandol|